Toronto (February 10, 2016) ‒ The Canadian Business Media Association (CBMA) and Magazines Canada have announced that the two organizations will join forces under the Magazines Canada banner.
Speaking at the fourth annual Magazines Canada Business Media Leadership Summit, CBMA Chair John Kerr, President and CEO of Kerrwil Publications Limited, said: “With the marketplace and regulatory challenges faced by all magazine media publishers today, the CBMA Board agreed unanimously that bringing together one very strong association is absolutely vital at this juncture.”
The CBMA, formerly the Canadian Business Press, has a highly respected 96-year history of delivering services to B2B publishers and community stakeholders, including its flagship annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards founded in 1954.
The 2016 Kenneth R. Wilson Awards will be presented in June, after which a larger Canadian business media advisory committee will undertake a review of the awards program and other B2B programming within Magazines Canada’s long-term planning process.
Magazines Canada Chair Douglas Knight, President of St. Joseph Media, said: “We are delighted to welcome our CBMA colleagues to Magazines Canada. Working together strengthens our voice as we address common issues that affect the magazine industry as a whole. We will also be better positioned to more effectively leverage our resources to focus on the unique needs of distinct sectors of the industry, be they business, cultural, regional or consumer.”
Over the coming months, both association boards will direct a transition process to completion and will release more information to their respective memberships as the process evolves.
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